October 7, 2017
The first ever Rink-hosted CSSHL Midget Prep Showcase continued Saturday in Winnipeg, with all eight Academy teams in action again.
Five BC-based teams – BWC, Delta, Pacific Coast, OHA Red, and Pursuit of Excellence, two Alberta-based teams – Northern Alberta (NAX) and OHA Edmonton, and host Rink Academy round out the competition.
BWC 4 – NAX 3 (SO)
Yesterday BWC downed Northern Alberta in the opener Friday in an exciting 4-3 shootout, to advance to 6-0-0 on the season and into first place – briefly – in the league standings. NAX had battled back from a 3-0 deficit to force OT and the shootout.
Delta 8 – OHA Edmonton 1
In other games on day 1, Delta opened with two in the first, four in the second and two more in the third to down OHA Edmonton 8-1, and move to 7-0-1 on the year, and back into first place, two points ahead of BWC, with an extra game played.
In spite of the score, shots were 28-24 for OHA Edmonton.
PCHA 4 – PoE 2
Victoria-based Pacific Coast Hockey Academy downed Kelowna-based Pursuit of Excellence 4-2. Each team scored one in the first. PCHA scored 3 in the second. PoE got scored a late powerplay marker finish the scoring.
Rink 4 – OHA Red 2
Home team Rink played in the final game of the day, winning 4-2 vs Penticton-based Okanagan Hockey Academy Red. Rink scored twice in the third to secure the win.
BWC 6 – OHA Edmonton 1
On day two, BWC again played in the opener, facing OHA Edmonton.
After the first, BWC outshot OHA 9-3 and led 1-0, on a power play from Kalen Szeto, assisted by Jacob Paler-Chow and Ryan Helliwell.
OHA battled back in the second, with shots at 9-8 BWC; but BWC’s Kazeem Bapoo would score one more, with Elan Bar-Lev-Wise and Nick Poisson assisting, to give BWC a 2-0 lead going into the final frame.
In the third, OHA’s Bode Hagan scored about four minutes in, with assists from Peyton McKenzie and Jordan Kohlman, to make 2-1.
But then the floodgates opened.
BWC’s Kent Johnson answered 32 seconds later (Szeto, Paler-Chow), then the next line out scored again, 52 seconds later, on a goal from Stevie Castagna and assists to linemates Tyler Schleppe and Sean Donaldson.
Coach Maco Balkovec then sent out the Johnson, Szeto, Paler-Chow line again and 32 seconds later, Johnson scored again, with both linemates again getting the assists. Three goals in less than a minute and half – 5-1.
Tyler Schleppe, finished the scoring with 5:51 left in the game (Poisson, Bapoo), to make it a 6-1 final.
Shots finished 32-23. Kaden Freer-Lane got the win, Lane Hartwell took the loss.
Rink 8 – PCHA 4
In game two, Rink opened up a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period, on two late goals, scoring on the power play with 2:04 left and then again with just 17 seconds left.
In the second, with 13:05 left, PCHA’s Kyle Brown scored the first of two in the period, to narrow the score 2-1.
Rink came back with two to make it 4-1 before Brown’s power play marker with 28 seconds to go made it 4-2, end of two.
Teams exchanged goals early in the third, with Rink scoring shorthanded 28 seconds in, then PCHA converting on the power play just 23 seconds later – 5-3 Rink.
Rink would score the next two before PCHA answered with 6:29 left, 7-4.
Rink finished things with an empty-netter, for the 8-4 final.
Rink’s Nakodan Greyeyes was 1G-2A, and Tristen Robins was 2G-1A to lead the Rink offense, while Dante Giannuzzi stopped 17-21 for the win.
PCHA’s Brendan Forman was busy – stopping 38 of 45.
Delta 6 – PoE 4
Delta continued their strong play in their second game of the Showcase, downing Pursuit of Excellence 6-4 in a game with a testy finish, while dominating the shot clock 45-26.
The win moved their record to 7-0-1. PoE moved to 1-4-0.
Penalties and power play goals were key factors in the game.
PoE led 3-2 after the first – starting the scoring with a power play goal and an even strength goal in the second half of the period to open a 2-0 lead with 6:01 to play.
But Delta came right back with two of their own – even strength – in just over a minute, before PoE’s Chase Sakic made it 3-2 with 1:27 left.
In the second, it was all Delta, scoring three straight, including two power play goals, before PoE’s CJ Christensen notched his second power play marker to make it 5-4 with 1:52 left in the second.
Delta’s Payton Mount came right back just 40 seconds later, with what turned out to be the final goal of the game.
Shots in the period were 25-6 for Delta.
PoE took four minor penalties in a row to start the period.
Shots were 11-8 in the third, with mayhem breaking out at the end of the game – five penalties were handed out with 47 seconds left, and six more with six seconds left – including two fighting majors and two double minor head contact penalties.
PoE’s Noah DeSouza stopped 39-45; Delta’s Dylan Garand was 22-26.
OHA Red 4 – NAX 3 (SO)
In the final game of the Showcase Saturday, OHA Red downed Northern Alberta 4-3 in a shootout.
Shots were 40-35 for OHA.
Each team opened the first period with an early goal, with George Cathers scoring for OHA power play just 2:22 in and then NAX evening it up just 27 seconds later on a goal from Cole Wyatt.
In the second, Kyle Crnkovic gave NAX the lead on another early goal, before Kolton Leslie evened it up again with 11:43 left. Crnkovic then scored again to make it 3-2 NAX end of the second.
In the third, OHA’s Logan Njihoff scored two minutes in to force the OT.
In the shootout, Crokovic have NAX the early advantage, but OHA’s Brendan Kim and Nijoff converted to give OHA the win.
Jaden Little stopped 37-40 for NAX, while Keenan Rancier was 32-35 for OHA.
Current Midget Prep Standings:
Three teams still undefeated – BWC, Edge and Yale.